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New York City’s Most Iconic Restaurants

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by The OpenTable team
Updated December 15, 2023

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the New York City dining scene. Here are NYC’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

A photo of Quality Meats restaurant
4.7 (10143)
$31 to $50
Midtown West
About the restaurant
It’s hard to believe that Quality Meats is over twelve years old; the place still feels hip and modern, with a bustle and buzz usually reserved for newer hot spots. The menu is devoted to steakhouse classics, and you can’t go wrong with any of them—but if you’re in the mood for a splurge, go for anything from the Butcher’s Cut section.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Food and service was absolutely amazing. Great atmosphere.
A photo of Buddakan NY restaurant
4.5 (15853)
$50 and over
Meatpacking District
About the restaurant
While it may not be the most authentic or low-key Chinese restaurant in town, Buddakan certainly has its perks: it’s fun, it’s glizy, it’s sceney, and the food is—somewhat shockingly—delicious. Order a bunch of dishes from the dim sum section of the menu along with the short ribs, lamb chops, and tea-smoked chicken, and you’re in for a fun—and raucous—evening.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
The food was really good and the service kind and efficient. We were a group of 8 with teenagers and everybody had a great time.
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